From the monthly archives: October 2008

Eighty per cent of Utah’s scenic BLM lands opened at last minute to drilling-

Bush administration rushing to open Utah lands to energy development. By Patty Henetz. The Salt Lake Tribune.

Bush Administration Christmas Gift to Oil Companies Will Be Announced on Election Day. Sale of Pristine Wilderness Slated to Happen Six Days […]

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This is a surprise, for sure. What does it mean?

Kempthorne announces federal bison initiative. By Cory Hatch. Jackson Hole News and Guide.

It seems to me that on the basis of what JB and others have commented here, that this plan (assuming it to be real) could withstand a petition for putting the […]

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Wyoming is the biggest thorn in the delisters side-

As folks pretty much all know, the Bush Administration, mostly likely at the initiative of Secretary Kempthone and cronies, is trying for one last quick stab at delisting the wolf before a new President replaces them.

If folks work hard, they will probably be defeated again; […]

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Backpacker Magazine. Feds Hounding Rocky Mountain Wolves-

The sad truth is the agency (USFWS) that reintroduced the wolves to Idaho and Wyoming has now become their enemy. Only an election victory can alter this, IMO.

Feds Hounding Rocky Mountain Wolves. From Backpacker Magazine’s Daily Dirt.

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Disappearance of ponds in Yellowstone lead to great loss of frogs and salamanders in Yellowstone-

I guess we would call them “old-timers” now — folks like myself — but I remember there used to be many more ponds on the Northern Range of the Park. From the road the loss is especially apparent near Junction […]

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Damn!! In the Greater Yellowstone and on the Idaho border-

How did moose get CWD? Star Valley deer, elk likely have the disease as well. By Cory Hatch, Jackson Hole News and Guide.

Maybe Idaho should sue Wyoming for wildlife malpractice?

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More grizzly bear deaths. Mortality quota exceeded for male and female bears in Greater Yellowstone-
States can’t manage grizzlies and they should be relisted-

Two grizzly bear cubs shot in NW Wyoming. AP. Oct. 27

The brief article doesn’t mention the ESA implications, but my earlier post certainly leads to the […]

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The Story of Bob the Rancher

On October 27, 2008 By

George Wuerthner asks:  Is Ranching Sustainable ?  (As featured on Red State Rebels)

In case you didn’t guess; it’s a rhetorical question.  The article also appears in Western Watersheds Project’s Fall ’08 Watersheds Messenger

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Grizzlies are moving north of the Park in anticipation of the remains of the hunt-

This happens every year,

Hunter mauled by grizzly north of Gardiner. By Jessica Mayrer Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer.

Update: I found out today the incident was in Eagle Creek. That’s hardly “north” of […]

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Given a situation like this in the most problematic state — Wyoming — what does this say about delisting?

This article covers some of the same ground as my ealier report on the current situation with the Yellowstone Park wolves. In fact we don’t even know that the decline is limited to the Park boundaries. […]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey